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UNC commit Coby White scores season-high 46, talks about future with Tar Heels

Coby White (0) of Greenfield dunks for 2 points. The Greenfield School Knights played the Garner Trojans in the Millbrook Showcase high school boys basketball event on Dec. 2, 2017.
Coby White (0) of Greenfield dunks for 2 points. The Greenfield School Knights played the Garner Trojans in the Millbrook Showcase high school boys basketball event on Dec. 2, 2017. newsobserver.com

Garner High School head coach Eddie Gray said his goal was to keep North Carolina commit, and Greenfield School senior, Coby White under 30 points.

When Gray learned of White’s stat line: 46 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, the veteran coach only had one reply, wording it as only Eddie Gray could, “Well, that sucker is pretty good. Carolina is getting a good player.”

White, who signed his National Letter of Intent last month to play with the Tar Heels, did not disappoint the fans in attendance at the Millbrook Showcase. Even though the Knights (6-3) fell to the Trojans (3-0) 94-76, White did all he could to keep his team in the game, including scoring 22 points in the first half as Garner held a narrow 44-42 lead.

The 6-4 five-star prospect showed off the entire offensive arsenal against the Trojans. White attacked the basket at will, displayed shooting range (5-for-11 from three) and didn’t miss a free throw (11-11) against a Garner defense that at times shadowed him the entire length of the court. North Carolina is getting a player who can play both guard positions and already thinks about how he will fit in with the Tar Heels next season.

“I kind of visualize myself and what I can bring and what I can do on the court,” White said.

White noted that UNC is “very unselfish” and prides itself on ball movement. Whether he is in the back court with Jalek Felton or Seventh Woods next season, White feels like he brings the same style of play.

“Jalek and Seventh are really fast with the ball, they get up and down the floor and kick it ahead,” White said. “And I’m the same way, I just see where I blend in with the guys.”

White said it doesn’t matter to him which position he’ll play for the Heels, “as long as I’m on the court and playing.”

White will arrive on campus next fall with guard Rechon ‘Leaky’ Black from Concord and forward Nassir Little from Orlando, Fl. White and Black played on Team CP3 this summer, their first time playing together. He said the duo blends together well on the court.

“We have two different types of games,” White said. “I’m more of an attack guard who likes to score. Leaky is a very unselfish guard, sometimes I think he is too unselfish, but he is fun to play with just because he’s a leader, he’s very vocal.”

Since he signed his letter of intent, White’s mom, Bonita, said a big weight had been lifted off her son.

“It’s something he worked towards, and now it’s here,” Bonita White said.

Both Bonita and Coby both rooted for UNC, and mom is a huge fan of Roy Williams and his staff, a huge plus for her as she sends Coby off to school next year.

"That's a wonderful staff. I feel very, very secure with him going there,” Bonita White said. “I know with that staff and that organization he will be taken care of. They will push him to the limit to bring out every bit of potential he has."

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